91% Ruby Cabernet – 9% Syrah
The color is a dense, inky dark violet-red, indicating a high degree of extraction and phenol development.
The nose opens with classic cool-climate Cab aromas of dark cherry, toasted brioche and a hint of Cola. Since Texas is far from a “cool” climate, this speaks to the unique quantities of the vineyard site and how the soil can influence the resulting wine.
The initial nose is supported by highly integrated oak aromas presented as subtle cocoa and vanilla with a pleasant touch of garrigue in the background. Over time, herbal-roasted wild game with undertones of black pepper and blackberry compote are joined by cherry wood and antique cigar box.
On the palate, there’s an initial explosive entry of dark cherry, forest grown blueberry and fresh cut brambles.
The broad midpalate is defined by fine-grained, grippy tannins with flavors of forest loam and rich earth.
The long barrel aging regime extends the long finish, leaving ghostly impressions of Texas cedar and limestone rich soils.
We recommend waiting until 2018 before trying a bottle, with 2020-2030 being the anticipated optimal drinking age. However, assuming it is stored properly, it would be well worth the wait to hold a bottle for even longer, if you have the will power!